UGA football reveals another 2020 home opponent

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Some nonconference opponents will see a lot of red when they play at Sanford Stadium, but walk away with a lot of green.

ATHENS — One more opponent on the 2020 Georgia football schedule can be put on the calendar now, and financial details of that game and one previously announced also are known now.

Louisiana-Monroe, a Sun Belt team, will visit Georgia on Sept. 26, 2020, according to a contract provided by UGA on Wednesday. The contract was signed in August.

UGA will pay Louisiana-Monroe a guarantee of $1.75 million.

Georgia and Louisiana-Monroe originally scheduled the game for November 2020 but signed an amendment to reschedule for the earlier date. The reasons are not clear. Georgia and Louisiana-Monroe have played four times, most recently in 2015, with Georgia winning all four games in routs. 

This scheduled game appears to complete Georgia’s nonconference schedule for 2020, when the Bulldogs also will host Georgia Tech and East Tennessee State, and meet Virginia on Sept. 7 at Atlanta’s Mercedes Benz Stadium.

Meanwhile, Georgia will pay UAB a guarantee of $1.8 million for a game that has been scheduled for Sept. 11, 2021. That information was in the game contract released on Wednesday; UAB announced the game over the summer. That is the second known nonconference game of the 2021 season, joining the visit to Georgia Tech.

Georgia and UAB have played twice, in 2003 and 2006, with the Bulldogs winning both of those games.

The most UGA ever has been known to agree to pay an opponent for a game is $1.9 million, which is scheduled to go to Kent State for its visit to Sanford Stadium on Sept. 24, 2022. The games with Kent State and Georgia Tech are the only 2022 contests yet to be announced.

Next season, Georgia is scheduled to play four home nonconference games: Austin Peay (Sept. 1), Middle Tennessee (Sept. 15), Massachusetts (Nov. 17) and Georgia Tech (Nov. 24).

In 2019, Georgia hosts Murray State (Sept. 7), Arkansas State (Sept. 14) and Notre Dame (Sept. 21), while playing at Georgia Tech (Nov. 30).

UCLA and Georgia are scheduled to play a home-and-home series in 2025 and 2026.

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